Lalla Marrakech

I can hardly pretend Moroccan shopping expert Laetitia Trouillet is an insider secret. She has cornered the market in Marrakech shopping expertise, having taken everyone from editors to Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow around her favoured haunts.

I had hoped that she would be able to show us her Marrakech too – lil’sis is walking with a stick at the moment, and planning to spend hours wandering aimlessly through the souks just wasn’t realistic, but she was recently taken to court by the Moroccan tour guides’ association. In the belief that only Moroccans should do this job, they are trying to ban expats from conductinf personal shopping tours in Morocco. With the case still in process, her hands are tied, and she works on a consultancy basis only.

Lalla Marrakech

So we made do with a visit to her tiny store, Lalla from Marrakech with love, in the Galerie du Souk Cherifia, the little arcade of shops under Terrasse des Epices, where we had lunched earlier.

Lalla Marrakech

She has some really great bags and clutches. In Moroccan terms they aren’t cheap, but compared to what you might pay in London for something similar they are keenly priced. Her trademark piece is the Habibi bag:

Lalla Marrakech

I bought the grey studded clutch in the top photo for 850 dirhams – about £65 at today’s rate, and lil’sis bought a pretty blue leather plaited belt for 300 dirhams – about £22.

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Boutique : Lalla – From Marrakech with Love xxx
Galerie du Souk Cherifia
under the restaurant “La Terrasse des Epices”
Sidi Abdelazziz, Marrakech Medina

Open every day 10h30 – 18h30 Tel : +212 (0)5 24 37 52 72

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Love the bags they look amazing

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Wow! what a little gem. I am certainly making a note of her address 🙂
p.s not sure why your comment form won’t allow me to put my web address 🙁

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If you are still in a shopping mood (of course you are!), there are some lovely boutiques and galleries across from the entrance to Jardin Majorelle. Everything is Moroccan made and inspired. Enjoy!

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Looks like a great thing to bring from a holiday trip, unique and they remind one of a trip to a different culture. I prefer to bring things from travels that I can use everyday.
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Jesus, 15 or so years ago, I traveled around southern Morocco for two months on my own (early 20s). I can tell you, Marrakech was nothing like this. It was not chi-chi at all, and was all the more wondrous for it. I read an article in the NY Times last year that offhandedly described Marrakech as “becoming more like Miami everyday” and I was shocked, but maybe that is indeed the case.

Still, glad you are having a good time and that the people are prospering.

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There is a gorgeous jewellers just opposite here, the name of which escapes me – think it Sophie something? It’s French and does lovely delicate pieces the likes of which you wouldn’t think to go to Marrakech for.

Love hearing about your trip, making me nostalgic for mine even though it was only a few months ago!

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@MissNB:

Hello, just butting in as I was with LLG as she was in that very jewellers -trying on a pretty gold wire bracelet with turquoise drops. If memory serves me correctly it is Stephanie Jewels.

I think I’ll be nostalgic for this trip for months after too!

x

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@‘Lil Sis: Thank you! Not remembering the name has been driving me mad!

Hope you and your Sis are having a wonderful time. I adore the blog, and the support you and your Sister have for each other is wonderful, please do tell LLG to ignore the naysayers (and idiots) unfortunately the internet can bring out the worst in many.

Nx

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Ooh this sounds wonderful! I’d actually never heard of her services, and sincerely hope the silly court case will be over soon (will definitely be sure to look her up next time I’m there – which I hope will be in a year or so).

Hope you’re both having the most wonderful time!

B xx

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Times are hard enough for Moroccan’s living in Marrakech without ex-pats coming and taking away earnings from guides who rely on commissions from shops. I know several well-established Marrakchi guides who are appalled at the place Marrakech is becoming. Some would argue that it has lost its very soul. Taking a guide around the souk is one of those things and i first experienced it some 30 years ago. This is far more of an authentic experience than going around the souk with a ‘personal shopper’! How pretentious and how selfish on the part of LT! Moroccan Courts do not generally side with Europeans and in this instance I must agree with them.

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Hmm, whilst I feel for the guides who are trying to make a living, I’m not sure that I would want to be guided round by someone who will only take me to the shops where they will make a commission.

Far better for the locals to try and understand why visitors are preferring to go with a personal shopper and begin to provide the services that visitors actually want rather than what they want to give.

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